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Now that I can sort of see again... 
16th-Feb-2010 05:12 pm
Serenity
Took a nap after seeing the doc. While I like my doctor, the fact that he's Egyptian and has the first name Amit is of some concern to me, since I don't want him turning into a giant croc and eating me after surgery.(j/k. He's actually quite nice other than submitting me to torture today during the exam.)

Anyway, here's the scoop. He confirmed that I do have cataracts, ones common in diabetics. Which I'd never heard of, but then I get hit with the rare stuff. The bad: I have to have my eye lenses removed and replaced. The good: he just got a clinical trial on bifocal lenses for people in my situation, and since I was the first case to walk in the door, I get to be a guinea pig. Which means one hell of a discount. The ugly: One of the tests he had to run involved numbing my left eye, dropping a bowl on it, then filling said bowl with water and shining a red light down through. It was like water boarding, only with eyes and I paid for the privilege.

Another good thing is I get early morning surgery thanks to being diabetic. Seems you can't eat after midnight before surgery (I guess they worry I go from cute mogwai to ugly gremlin on the table?), so therefore I have to go in early to keep my blood sugar normalized.

Surgery is as of now scheduled for about 8:30 March 4th. They say I don't get full sedation, but I may just ask for it, since theidea of seeing things coming at my eyes scared the living crap out of me.
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16th-Feb-2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
*huggles* You are going to be just fine hon. If older patients can go through it without freaking out....so can you. Just think...you'll be able to see more clearly and will, sorta kinda, have "bionic eyes"
17th-Feb-2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Well, the funny part is the doc tells me I'll have good distance and intermediate vision, but need reading glasses if these things work correctly. Which will amuse me, since I've been nearsighted since 3rd grade.
17th-Feb-2010 03:01 am (UTC)
*nodding* My vision started going South in the 3rd grade as well...but my asswipe Stepfather claimed I was a hypochondriac and goldbricking. Uh huh...by the time I hit 6th grade I couldn't see much. My older sister DEMANDED the money she gave me for my birthday go towards glasses, stepfather tried to take the money from me...but she hit the roof and took me to the eyedoctor. He diagnosed me as being legally blind without glasses. Imagine my shock to see that the backyard had TREES! I'd been walking by them for years without knowing they were there.

I'd be thrilled to have distance and intermediate vision and only needing reading glasses!
17th-Feb-2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I won't be complaining if they work like they say they will. Just be weird getting used to my sight doing a 180:)

Thankfully no such horror stories for me, although I did go several years without wearing glasses due to vanity. Amazing how my grades went up when I started wearing them again.
16th-Feb-2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
You heard what they did to my eyes. I took it like a Dame, you can, too.
17th-Feb-2010 02:25 am (UTC)
I'll be fine once I'm in there and have the sedative, but right now....

It's a bit like waiting on the results of an HIV test. Lots of time for the angst to build.
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